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Position Title: Director of News & Public Affairs
Department: WBFO Radio
Division: Radio Broadcasting
Reports to: Chief Program Officer
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Date: March 7, 2014
The News Director is responsible for the management of WBFO Radio and the news department and ensures the highest journalistic standards and public service ethics are met. Supervises all news gathering activity, in charge of day-to-day operations of the newsroom, and sets policy & procedures for news department staff. The News Director is responsible for overseeing the news and public affairs content of local programs produced by WNED-TV. Working with senior management, creates and implements the vision, strategy and plan to enable WBFO to be a valued and critical community news and information service. Works with other departments on cross platform projects related to news and public affairs, creating high quality news and information programming for broadcast, web and mobile.
II. Duties & Responsibilities: % Time Spent
schedule, local programming and production, and the 24/7 news gathering
operation; oversees all WBFO new and digital media activities; maintains
budgets, develops procedures & policies for station operations, evaluates
staff development & performance; schedules staff; makes hiring
recommendations; plans and administers departmental and project budgets;
works with development department to coordinate on-air fund drives.
organizations to further WNYPBA goals, serves as primary contact with
NPR and other public radio entities, and represents WBFO at community
and professional events.
meetings, discussions and reviews of overall organizational activities
and operations; participates in strategic planning and annual planning
for WBFO and other departments and activities.
affairs programs including community forums, long form interviews,
debates and other news and public affairs programs.
Qualifications & Experience:
· Significant journalism and reporting experience with demonstrated skills in writing, reporting and editing procedures.
· Experience in maintaining the high journalistic standards including objectivity, balance and fairness.
· Minimum 4-6 years of public radio experience including management or supervisory experience, but will consider combination of public and commercial radio experience.
· Strong communications and leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to work with internal and external partners and the ability to lead, train, grow and motivate staff.
· Knowledge of online news platforms and production.
· Bachelor’s degree from accredited university in journalism, broadcasting or related field.
The Western New York Public Broadcasting Association has internship openings available in both WBFO and Classical 94.5 WNED. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in radio operations and production and to develop their writing and broadcasting skills.
Students will be assigned tasks that relate to day-to-day radio operations in the traffic, programming, and production departments and the news room. They will also be afforded the opportunity to collaborate on large scale production and broadcast projects and will be expected to assume responsibilities that are commensurate with their abilities. These projects may include the following:
News-gathering (write copy, record news conferences, etc.) for newscasts on WBFO Production of Morning Classics, Making a List, and other classical music programs. Production of promotional spots and underwriting credits
Interns will develop their own semi-monthly work schedules and will be obliged to follow them. Reliable transportation is essential.
The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:
An interest in public radio A willingness to learn The ability to work independently and to work collaboratively The ability to write cogently The ability to use basic office software Previous production, journalism and/or broadcast experience is desirable, though not required!
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to:
WNED Attn: Internships HR Dept. P.O. Box 1263 Buffalo, New York 14240
The WNED Production Department enlists the services of college interns each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) to help in the production of our public television programming. Interns must arrange to receive credit from their college or university.
The Editor’s Assistant (internship) will be working within the Production Department at WNED-TV. This intern will perform research, administrative duties, tape logging, preparations for edit sessions, and assist on editing projects for multiple editors and producers. Projects vary depending on edit schedules and may include; national PBS documentaries, local documentaries, television programs and specials, and often includes working with high definition television equipment.
This internship is for students with Communications/Broadcasting/Media Studies backgrounds. Previous computer based video editing helpful. Basic windows computer knowledge a must.
The intern, depending on level of ability and training, may also perform hands on editing with the Editor’s guidance on current projects, with the possibility of editing their own piece as a final project.
If interested, please submit your cover letter and resume to:
WNED-TVInternshipsHR Dept.P.O. Box 1263Buffalo, NY 14240
The Western New York Public Broadcasting Association has an internship opening in the Classical 94.5 WNED-FM Music Library. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience management of a music library of over 35,000 CDs and other audio.
Students will be assigned tasks that relate to day-to-day library operations including logging, cataloguing, filing and research; they may also be afforded the opportunity to collaborate on large scale production and broadcast projects and will be expected to assume responsibilities that are commensurate with their abilities. These projects may include the following:
Previous music, library, and/or broadcast experience is desirable, though not required!
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to
WNEDAttn: InternshipsHR Dept.P.O. Box 1263 Buffalo, New York 14240
Opportunity for college student majoring in marketing, public relations or communications with knowledge of basic marketing principles, social media, etc. to enhance understanding of media tracking, writing press releases/blog posts, researching industry trends, report writing, digital publication enhancing and pre-event support by serving an internship in WNED’s Corporate Communications Department. This internship is available Summer 2012 through Spring 2013, or for one semester during that period, for 10-15 hours per week. Student at junior or senior level is preferred. WNED is a public television and radio station serving the Buffalo, NY and southern Ontario areas and the Corporate Communications Department is a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment.
Internships at WNED are unpaid and are not training for any specific position at the end of your internship. To apply, please send cover letter & resume to
Attn: InternshipsHR Dept.140 Lower TerraceBuffalo, NY 14202
P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, New York
140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, New York
477 Richmond Street West - Suite 602
Toronto, ON M5V 3E7
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